Go out and travel while you’re still young. You may not have a lot of money right now; You may even be broke. But travelling at this stage in your life provides a number of benefits.
For one, once you get back, you can choose to re-enter the workforce without any issues. Plus, as compared to older travellers, younger people are more willing to trade inconveniences for the experience. You can get by with staying in hostels and cheap food.
Also, the experience can make you realize that you can still have fun even with limited funds available at your disposal. Gathered here are a number of travel tips for the young and broke from visa consultants based in Dubai.
Before you hop on a plane or make travel arrangements, you need to do your research. There are plenty of areas around the world where you can stay for cheap but you need to know where they are first.
Find out what the costs are for flights, food, accommodations, acquiring the necessary permits and visas and other major expenses. You will also need to consider having a separate fund for smaller expenses such as entertainment and souvenirs.
Having an open itinerary can come to your advantage. Don’t be too rigid when it comes to your travel dates, where you should go and what you want to do during the trip.
Peak travel dates can vary depending on the location. When you choose to travel to Spain, for instance, the date may coincide with the annual running of the bulls. It would be a fun cultural event to watch and experience for yourself but it won’t do your wallet any favours.
Determine when the off-peak dates for travelling are before you book your tickets or accommodation. Airlines and accommodations are more willing to offer deals, discounts and promos to entice more people to travel during these low months.
After getting the gist of how much the trip will cost, you can use that amount as your goal. Allocate a small part of your paycheck to go into your travel fund. Do this on a regular basis. This way, you can pay for your trip using your money and not rely on credit.
You may not be staying long in the area but living like a local allows you to live even with limited funds. For instance, you can save more by staying in a person’s home, dormitory or hostel than in a hotel. There are websites that will allow you to get a short-term rental in a room or bed space. Check their distances to where you plan to go.
At times, lodges near a tourist spot may cost more per night but will help you save on transportation costs than staying in a room kilometres away from where you want to go.
When it comes to food, head to the nearest local market. There you can immerse your senses in the different sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures. Local markets are great places to try out the local cuisine without draining your funds.
If you are covering large areas during your trip, use mass transit. Take the train, bus or whatever mode of public transport the locals use to get to your intended destination. By compromising on comfort and convenience, you can get to your destination at a fraction of the cost of a taxi ride.
If you plan to stay long in another country or region, you will need to find a way to support yourself financially. You may need to get advice from a consultant to see what types of visas or permits you will need to apply for work.
Depending on where you plan to travel, you can find a job as a farm worker, au pair, bartender or tour guide. The money you earn may not be enough to pay a mortgage but working can help you earn enough money to travel around.
With the number of options available, you don’t need to be rich to be able to travel around. Follow our advice and soon you could be off to a brand new adventure.
Bevan Berning is an Immigration professional and owner of Pathway Visas, an Immigration Agency dealing mostly with skilled immigration to Canada and Australia. Bevan’s enthusiasm for the industry has kept in the Immigration field for the past seven years. Bevan is South African by birth and has been residing in Dubai for the past eight years.